Tourist Tax???
Monday, October 14, 2013 at 5:28PM
Bill Barclay

The Queenstown attempt to endeavour to follow the Stewart Island initiative is very interesting.

A suggestion that this District follow this course with the advent of the Kopu Bridge some four years ago brought about derision amongst those 'in the know', and in Government. For one thing, any form of 'toll' on the road was contrary to the provisions of the Transport Act which restricts the use of toll revenue to road development.  That was the end of that bright idea.

Now Queenstown proposes an airport and hotel head-tax that would mean that road travellers would generally avoid the impost. 

Our Council should watch this development very closely. If they get away with it, it could well open the door to something similar here, but just how we would tickle the pockets of visitors, given the general method of entry to the District is moot.




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